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1999 Highlights

Volkswagen offers two generations of the sporty Golf-based GTI for sale in 1999. The third-generation GTI has been around since 1995, and it is a carryover. VW drops the sluggish four-cylinder version and offers only the VR6. Later in the model year, the company introduces a completely redesigned GTI with a smoother body and improved versions of the base inline four and VR6.

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  • Fun to drive, comfortable ride, hatchback utility, solid construction, lots of standard features, generous 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.


  • Weak base engine, softer than other sport coupes/hatchbacks, some controls hard to decipher, CD player should be standard.

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Features & Specs

GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (midyear)VR6 2dr HatchbackGLS 2dr Hatchback (midyear)
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual
Horsepower174 hp @ 5800 rpm172 hp @ 5800 rpm115 hp @ 5200 rpm


IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Top Consumer Reviews

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Consumer Rating

no probs
This car is a beast, I never had any problems like these other reviewers, the only problems I have ever had with this car is the with the catalytic converter, and the sunroof always gets stuck, but the sun roof has gotten stuck in every car I have ever scene with a sunroof. So that's not to go against the car. Back to the cat/converter, I had to replace that twice thus far to pass emissions inspections, its in a bad spot (very low to the ground) I find rust takes its toll faster then most other cars, and it is about 700 each time to fix /after labour (usd) other then that I love this, and will be getting another VW in the future.
I brought 1999 GTI VR6 back in Jan 2002. It had 35,800 miles. After 1 day, the cruise control stop working. The dealer fixed it for free. Then about 2 months later, driver side power window stop working. I fixed it and cost me close to $400. Then about a month after that Check engine came on. The oxygen sensor went bad. Three weeks later, while my brother was driving it, I believe the timing belt went bad, and he had to tow the car. Other than these numerous problems, its an ok car. The VW dealer ship was not helpful at all, and when my brother made a compliant about it to the VW customer care, the operator was very rude.
nightmare on every street
The prefect lemon--I even got it in yellow! Over 7 years of ownership I have averaged about $1000 per year in electrical repairs alone. It has broken down on the road six (yes, six) times. I'm counting the first flat time, because VW makes it impossible to remove the spare. The retaining nut for the spare is fused to its bolt with paint! Speaking of paint, mine is almost gone. The clearcoat began dissolving in patches at about 3 years old. The wheel wells fell off. At 83,000 miles it cannot pass NY inspection with two weeks of work done on it. This is the worst car there is.
Used 1999 Volkswagen GTI Overview

The Used 1999 Volkswagen GTI is offered in the following submodels: Hatchback. Available styles include GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (midyear), VR6 2dr Hatchback, and GLS 2dr Hatchback (midyear). Pre-owned Volkswagen GTI models are available with a 2.8 L-liter gas engine or a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 174 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 1999 Volkswagen GTI comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.

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1999 Volkswagen GTI Gas Mileage

1999 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (midyear), 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
21 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/26 highway MPG

1999 Volkswagen GTI VR6 2dr Hatchback, 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
19 compined MPG,
17 city MPG/24 highway MPG

1999 Volkswagen GTI GLS 2dr Hatchback (midyear), 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
24 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/28 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG21
Transmission5-speed manual
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement2.8 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase98.9 in.
Length163.3 in.
Width68.3 in.
Height56.7 in.
Curb Weight2890 lbs.